TeacherTerri Robertson
Subject Areascience
Grade Level6
Week #Q3W1
Unit of InstructionWeather and Climate Through Sun's Energy
Standard(s) Taught

SC.6.E.7.5  Explain how energy provided by the sun influences global patterns of atmospheric movement and the temperature differences between air, water, and land.

SC.6.N.3.4 Identify the role of models in the context of the sixth-grade science benchmarks.

SC.6.E.7.1  Differentiate among radiation, conduction, and convection, the three mechanisms by which heat is transferred through Earth’s system.

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria

Students will: • explain how energy provided by the sun influences global patterns, including:

o atmospheric movement (wind)

o temperature differences between air (atmosphere,)

land (geosphere,) and water (hydrosphere)

• create a model to investigate how the sun’s energy causes changes in temperature of air, land, and water, such as:

o a diagram showing how different surfaces reflect or absorb heat (i.e. snow vs. ocean)

o a 3D representation of uneven heating because of the Earth’s tilt (i.e. using a globe)

Classroom Activities

Students will review the spheres through a sort activity.

Students will conduct an experiment on warm vs cold environments and their effects on Earth.

Students will diagram the different types of convection currents in their ISN.

Students will complete a graphic organizer on convection currents and their role on the spheres of Earth.

Students will participate in a lab simulating the Coriolis effect.

Students will analyze and record data on global winds and their effect on Earth.

Assignments Due

Please bring a new notebook  for your Science Interactive Notebook for 2020.


Additional Resources

ESE/ 504 : Extra time and small group will be available for assignments. Scaffolding of the material and reading content based questions will be used. Copies of the power point will be made available for note-taking purposes. Content material will be read aloud to students if applicable.